Study Breaks is still happening... it just looks a little different this year. Due to COVID-19, we will be having Study Breaks completely online!
The festivities begin with a Self-Care Challenge brought to you by IHP Student Life. Follow @ihpstudentlife to join the challenge and share your self-care tips with the MGH Institute community.
We've also compiled self-care information, tips and more on this page to help you thrive through the rest of the semester. Keep scrolling for ideas on how to create a home study routine.
Home Study Routine Tips
Taking online classes at home can be a challenge compared to learning in the classroom environment. Here are 5 tips on how to create a sustainable home study routine!
1. Make a schedule.
Rather than staying home and doing your work every now and then throughout the day, scheduling your classes, designated study times, and assignment due dates can hold you accountable for completing your schoolwork. You can click the picture above for a schedule template to help you structure your day! Being at home all day can also make it difficult to stay active. Make sure to schedule break times to stretch, do some light exercise, or take a walk outside.
Many people find it easier to study in a coffee shop or library than at home. If you have no choice but to study at home, try to set up a designated study area that mimics your ideal learning environment. For example, if you like to study with the sound of background noise in a coffee shop, the website Coffitivity provides ambient sounds of a cafe to help boost your productivity. Click the picture above for a guide on how to create a great study space in your room!
3. Don't study in bed.
Doing work in bed can easily lead you to snooze off or watch another TV show on your laptop. This can disrupt your work productivity, as well as decrease your quality of sleep. Avoid this lose-lose scenario by studying in a designated space and using your bed for sleep. Practice good sleep hygiene by limiting your exposure to blue light on your laptop or phone screen one hour before going to bed!
4. Wear work clothes at home.
One appeal of switching to online learning is being able to wear pajamas at home during school. However, research shows that the symbolic meaning of getting dressed for work, even when working from home, can improve your productivity. If this suggestion does not excite you, try to at least change out of your pajamas every morning before beginning your virtual school day.
5. Maintain a balanced diet and drink water.
Staying at home and studying all day can oftentimes make you forget about maintaining a healthy diet. Drinking water and eating enough fruits and vegetables can naturally energize you and help make you feel loss groggy from staying inside the house. If you are quarantined at home and cannot go to the grocery store to buy healthy foods, click the picture above for a guide on how to plan meals.
For more study tips on online learning, check out these resources:
Do you miss studying in groups? Make your study group virtual! Here are our suggestions for taking your study group online.
First, use one of these collaborative scheduling tools to find a time when everyone can meet.
No doubt you're missing the Bellack Library's Whiteboards, too. We get it! If the built in whiteboard in Zoom isn't meeting your needs, here are several more virtual whiteboards you can try out. All platforms have free starter accounts, with options to upgrade to premium accounts for a small fee.
To wrap up, here are links to tips for making your virtual study group successful and for working on group projects online.
These free meditation and relaxation resources can help you relieve your stress during difficult times. Calm your mind with a deep breath, art exercise, or a walk outside. Use these resources listed below as a guide to navigate your inner self.
Stress Management Resources
Creating Art at Home
Creative activities like writing and drawing can boost energy, clear your mind and boost your mood -- even if you aren't artistic. Sure, it may seem juvenile to color but, if it works, why not?
Don't believe us? Here are some articles to back it up:
"Wondering how to calm down in the midst of overwhelming deadlines? Grab a pencil. The rhythmic and repetitive motion of drawing helps synchronize hand and eye, body and mind, and can be used to elicit what Harvard cardiologist, Herbert Benson, has identified as the relaxation response."
"Writing therapy is a low-cost, easily accessible, and versatile form of therapy. It can be done individually, with just a person and his pen, or it can be guided by a mental health professional. ... Whatever format is chosen, writing therapy can help the user to propel their personal growth, practice creative expression, and feel a sense of empowerment and control over the user’s life."
Meditation and Mindfulness Websites and Videos
Meditation and Mindfulness Mobile Apps
Social Media Accounts for Positivity
Your diet is a reflection of your health. During stressful times, it can be easy to overlook your nutrition, especially if you can't leave your house. Check out these tips and recipes for maintaining a healthy diet while studying from home. (P.S. - Don't forget to drink water!)
Healthy Eating Recipes and Tips During Social Isolation
Healthy Snack Recipes
If you have these ingredients at home or are able to take a quick trip to the grocery store, these recipes make delicious AND healthy studying snacks!
• Pumpkin puree
• Almond butter
• Vanilla extract
• Quinoa flake
• Quick cooking oats
Dark chocolate detox bites
Bored from staying inside the house all day? These free online tours, activities, and books can help you occupy your time. Enjoy the arts, nature, music, entertainment, books, and more, all in the comfort of your home!